OCTOBER REVIEW

Eight winners added to our seasonal tally this month, including a memorable Group 1 success in the UK, as well as a Group 2 winner in Italy!  We have also broken our previous record, set in 2021, for prize-money won in a year, which is a tremendous achievement.

Chaldean is an exceptionally talented colt and he recorded his fourth consecutive win when landing the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket under Frankie Dettori.  Though a little slowly into stride, he was soon in front and had all of his rivals in trouble when quickening two furlongs out, before showing a fine attitude to hold off the late challenge of the runner-up.  His has answered every question of him in recent months, landing both the Acomb and the Champagne Stakes en route to Newmarket, and we can now dream of the Guineas in May.

Bounce The Blues started her campaign with two seconds in Listed company, but is in the form of her life at present and following her narrow success in the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster in September, she followed up with a first Group 2 win in the Premio Vittorio Di Capua in Milan under David Probert.  She is a really tough and classy mare, and it has been fantastic to see her progress this summer.

Blackbird Power had run her best of three races in novice company on her latest outing in September and progressed again to land a soft-ground contest at Brighton on her handicap debut under Harry Davies, who has enjoyed a wonderful first season in the saddle.  She has gone up 4lbs for that win and still looks to have plenty more to offer from her current mark.

The two year olds remain in excellent form and there were several exciting performances from them this month, not least from Lieber Power.  Down the field on debut at Newbury, he looked to have learned plenty from that when justifying favouritism at Kempton Park next time under David Probert, winning with a bit in hand.  All three siblings have won at Group level (notably Grade 1 Belmont Oaks winner McKulick) and we certainly hope he can take a step up in grade in his stride, as he is a colt of some potential.

Opera Forever was another to have been in need of the experience at Newbury in September and she duly took a big step forward to win over a mile at the same course a month later, getting up close home under P J McDonald.  A daughter of No Nay Never and out of Opera Gal, who was a triple winner at Listed level, she is a very exciting prospect for next year.  Similar comments apply to Sea Of Roses, who also made it second time lucky when scoring by a short-head over a mile at Doncaster under Hayley Turner.  A half-sister to two black-type performers, she should come into her own over a bit further at three.

My Lion was another to win at the second attempt, the daughter of the late Roaring Lion making all to win in great style at Windsor at the beginning of the month under David Egan.  Her dam was a Listed winner at three and she looks a promising middle-distance prospect, as does Havanazam, who made it third time lucky when winning at Wolverhampton in the hands of David Probert.  He was gaining a deserved change of fortune after missing out by a short-head on his previous outing and is clearly improving with experience.